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Why Teledentistry Will Help Shape the Future of Oral Health
Thursday, August 19, 2021 05:39 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequities in the United States and, at the same time, increased awareness of technologies that can help address those inequities. One such technology is teledentistry — a set of virtual tools that allow for electronic communication and delivery of oral health services. Read more.
 
Pa. sees biggest one-day COVID-19 case count in months
Thursday, August 19, 2021 05:37 PM
Pennsylvania registered 3,451 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, the highest one-day total since early May. The state had reported 2,332 new infections on Wednesday. Read more. 
 
3 ways to help people make the right choice on COVID-19 vaccination
Thursday, August 19, 2021 05:30 PM
When COVID-19 vaccines rolled out nationwide earlier this year, there was a glimmer of hope in returning to normalcy. Fast forward to now, when outbreaks are happening at a startling rate in heavily unvaccinated areas. As they near capacity, hospitals are once more asking the community to take measures to stay safe, including vaccinations. Read more. 
 
Protecting Patients Through Healthcare Resiliency
Thursday, August 19, 2021 10:24 AM
In keeping with the catalyzing nature of past Decennial conferences, an international conference that occurs once every 10 years, to set the research agenda for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs),  I am sharing my perspective on what we have learned and what more is needed to protect lives from infectious disease threats in the coming decade. Read more.
 
Biden to require nursing home staff to be vaccinated as condition of federal funding -White House
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 04:27 PM
President Joe Biden's administration will require nursing home staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the White House said on Wednesday. Read more. 
 
Vaccines show declining effectiveness against infection overall but strong protection against hospitalization amid delta variant
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 04:25 PM
Results from a trio of studies, published in the CDC’s weekly report, motivated the Biden administration to consider booster shots. Read more.
 
‘It’s soul-draining’: Health workers deployed to Covid hot zones are overwhelmed by deaths among the unvaccinated
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 10:37 AM
“Ninety-nine percent of the patients being admitted are unvaccinated,” she said. “They’re sicker when they get here. They require more acute care while they’re here. And unfortunately, many of them are not surviving.” Read more. 
 
EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Data Reports
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 10:35 AM
Since 1992, hospitals have submitted data on occupational exposures to blood and body fluids. Read more. 
 
COVID-19 Booster Shots Will Roll Out In September In The U.S.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 10:21 AM
COVID-19 booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are set to become available for all Americans beginning next month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. Read more. 
 
Effect of Receiving Dental Treatment on mortality among nursing facility residents
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 10:19 AM
Aim: To assess the association between receipt of different types of dental procedures and mortality among nursing home residents. Read more. 
 
IAC Express #1,584 - Your weekly immunization news service: IAC summarizes ACIP meeting, CDC releases 14 VISs, and more
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 10:17 AM
IAC Express #1,584 - Your weekly immunization news service: IAC summarizes ACIP meeting, CDC releases 14 VISs, and more. Read more.
 
Pa. logs 2,027 new COVID-19 infections in a day as hospital cases grow
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 10:16 AM
The number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania rose to 1,196 as of early Tuesday, about 80 more than on Monday. Read more.
 
U.S. reports more than 1,000 COVID deaths in single day
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 10:14 AM
The United States reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, equating to around 42 fatalities an hour, according to a Reuters tally, as the Delta variant continues to ravage parts of the country with low vaccination rates. Read more. 
 
Factors Contributing to Lower-Than-Average Flu Season in 2020-2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 06:46 PM
Multiple factors contributing to a lower-than-average flu season in 2020-2021 are discussed. Read more.
 
Wash your hands for 20 seconds: Physics shows why
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 06:44 PM
Though hand-washing is proven effective in combating the spread of disease and infection, the physics behind it has rarely been studied. But in Physics of Fluids, by AIP Publishing, researchers from Hammond Consulting Limited describe a simple model that captures the key mechanics of hand-washing. Read more.
 
Building a Personal Protective Equipment Monitor Team as Part of a Comprehensive COVID-19 Prevention Strategy
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 06:41 PM
We instituted Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Monitors as part of our care of COVID-19 patients in high-risk zones. PPE Monitors aided healthcare personnel (HCP) in donning and doffing, which contributed to nearly zero transmission of COVID-19 to HCP, despite their care of over 1400 COVID-19 patients. Read more.
 
Transcript: Dr. Anthony Fauci on "Face the Nation," August 15, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 06:29 PM
Transcript: Dr. Anthony Fauci on "Face the Nation," August 15, 2021. Read more. 
 
NIH Makes Substantial New Investment in HIV Cure Research
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 06:25 PM
Additional Funding Includes Effort Focused on Pediatric Populations. Read more.
 
ADEA Joins Other Higher Education Organizations in Opposing State Restrictions on COVID-19 Public Health Measures
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 06:22 PM
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is among more than two dozen higher education organizations that have signed onto a joint statement decrying assorted state measures to bar COVID-19 vaccination requirements, surveillance testing and/or mitigation strategies such as masking. Read more. 
 
White House to recommend 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 06:19 PM
Several media outlets are reporting that the White House intends to announce next week that recipients of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines should receive a third dose of vaccine 8 months after their second dose in order to boost protection against the Delta (B1617.2) variant. Read more. 
 
What’s safe to do during summer’s Covid surge? STAT asked public health experts about their own plans
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 03:26 PM
With Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations spiking around the country, dreams of a summer like those many us had in mind just a short time ago have faded. Read more.
 
5 Things You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Adolescents 12 through 17
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 02:11 PM
From babies to teenagers, people need vaccines throughout childhood to provide them with immunity from potentially dangerous infectious diseases. If individuals choose not to vaccinate themselves or their children, some diseases that are now rare or nonexistent in the United States may resurface. The FDA has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for emergency use to prevent COVID-19 in people 12 and older.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 and older.  Read more.
 
Dental offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles County must comply with new local vaccination orders
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 10:04 AM

Compliance with the local orders is required by Sept. 30 and Oct. 13, respectively. Both orders are more stringent than the state public health order of July 26. Dentists and dental staff in Los Angeles County and San Francisco who cannot show proof of COVID-19 vaccination will no longer have the option to be tested weekly once the local orders take effect, unless they meet allowable exemptions. Read more. 

 
Biden administration to announce most Americans will need coronavirus booster shots
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 10:02 AM
Administration officials believe people should get additional shots eight months after being fully vaccinated. Read more. 
 
These are the COVID-19 delta variant symptoms to look out for if you’re fully vaccinated
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 10:00 AM

Fully vaccinated people are most often protected against COVID-19 severe illness and hospitalization.
There is still a small chance a fully vaccinated person can get a breakthrough infection and test positive for the delta variant of COVID-19. Read more. 

 
Episode #49 - Can I get infected after vaccination?
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 09:58 AM
If you are fully vaccinated can you still get COVID-19? How frequent are breakthrough infections and what does COVID-19 look like if you are fully vaccinated. WHO’s Dr Kate O’Brien explains in Science in 5. Read more. 
 
US COVID-19 cases back to pre-vaccination levels
Monday, August 16, 2021 05:39 PM
For the first time since February, the United States reported more than 900,000 COVID-19 cases last week—with the country represented 20% of global cases—a sign the pandemic surge caused by the Delta (B1617.2) variant has stalled the progress made by an aggressive vaccine rollout that dampened cases this spring and summer. Read more. 
 
Georgia orthodontist dies of COVID-19
Monday, August 16, 2021 04:57 PM
Chris Jernigan, DMD, began feeling symptoms of COVID-19, including body aches, drowsiness and a dry cough, according to his son. As the symptoms worsened, he had to be put on a ventilator at a local hospital, where he later died. Read more. 
 
Preventing Multidrug-Resistant Spread in Healthcare Facilities
Monday, August 16, 2021 04:54 PM
The interconnectedness of many healthcare facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, and long-term acute-care hospitals means a significant chance of multidrug-resistant organism transmission when patients shuttle between facilities. Read more. 
 
Association of Vaccine Type and Prior SARS-CoV-2 Infection With Symptoms and Antibody Measurements Following Vaccination Among Health Care Workers
Monday, August 16, 2021 04:52 PM
Two messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) encoding the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 induce the production of spike antibodies that neutralize SARS-CoV-21 and are clinically effective against COVID-19.2 These vaccines can elicit greater local and systemic reactions in persons with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. Read more.
 
Pediatric household transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection
Monday, August 16, 2021 04:43 PM
In this study of 6,280 households, younger children may have greater risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to caregivers and siblings in the household than older children. Read more. 
 
Leading Healthcare Organizations Call on Governors to Promote COVID Vaccination, Masking
Monday, August 16, 2021 04:36 PM
The organizations representing the nation’s infection preventionists, epidemiologists, infectious diseases physicians and pharmacists, school nurses, and occupational health & safety scientists today called on U.S. governors to set aside their differences and support necessary public health measures to protect Americans from COVID-19. Read more. 
 
NIH scientists develop faster COVID-19 test
Monday, August 16, 2021 04:32 PM
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a new sample preparation method to detect SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The method bypasses extraction of the virus’ genetic RNA material, simplifying sample purification and potentially reducing test time and cost. The method is the result of a collaboration among researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI), the NIH Clinical Center (CC), and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Read more. 
 
Delta Variant: What We Know About the Science
Monday, August 16, 2021 04:26 PM
On July 27, 2021, CDC released updated guidance on the need for urgently increasing COVID-19 vaccination coverage and a recommendation for everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated. CDC issued this new guidance due to several concerning developments and newly emerging data signals. Read more.
 
Think teledentistry is not for you? Ask this question instead: Is it for my patients? Dr. Scott Howell says teledentistry can offer a solid ROI for both providers and their patients. He shares lessons learned in the “teledentistry test kitchen.”
Monday, August 16, 2021 01:58 PM
Think teledentistry is not for you? Ask this question instead: Is it for my patients? Dr. Scott Howell says teledentistry can offer a solid ROI for both providers and their patients. He shares lessons learned in the “teledentistry test kitchen.” Read more.
 
WHO releases global guidance for HBV, HCV elimination
Monday, August 16, 2021 01:50 PM
WHO released the first-ever global guidance for countries seeking validated hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus elimination. Read more. 
 
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